FERRARI 308 MILLECHIODI ( presented by Romano Pisciotti)
In 1977, a special prototype of the Ferrari 308 GTB was set up on chassis No. 23311. It derived directly from the model presented in 1975 and studied in design by Pininfarina. The nickname was given by the original configuration of the bodywork: this was painted in red but had some unusual panels applied with the use of rivets. The areas involved were the lower part of the nose, the front and rear wheel arches, the lower part of the side and the doors, the rear spoiler and the lower part of the tail. These parts, in bright aluminum color, gave her a special personality.
Presented at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show, it was an aerodynamic study on the 308 Berlinetta theme. Mechanically it was identical to the 308, except for the enlarged tires (for which wider sidewalls were needed), Michelin TRX. It remained a prototype: today it is believed that the number of copies produced is between one and three, of which one certainly exists. The work done, in any case, was not wasted because some solutions were used on the fabulous 288 GTO biturbo of 1984.
The A3C represent Bizzarrini‘s passion for racing. The engineer worked on the famous Ferrari 250 GTO, making it one of the most successful racing cars of all times. Racing was part of his DNA.
At Iso Rivolta he wanted to do the same: create a new race car and be competitive.
The A3C is based on a shortened version of the GT chassis. This solution allowed to reuse the double wishbone front suspension of the GT and its De Dion tube in the back. From that point on, everything was redesigned.
Engine and transmission were placed far back the front axle, almost inside the cockpit, for a better weight distribution.
The body was designed by Bertone with a focus on aerodynamics. The body had to be attached to the chassis using rivets. They are clearly visible on the bodywork and this led to the nickname “Millechiodi”, which means “a thousand nails” (Riveted)
The engine was a 327, heavily modified by Bizzarrini. The engine featured 4 Weber 45 DCOE carburetors and a custom “bundle of snake” exhaust, producing 410Hp at 6200 rpm.